Upcoming Workshops

Our workshops for professionals and students are approved for continuing education credits (CECs) by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation for social workers (LCSW/LSW),  professional / clinical counselors (LCPC/LPC), marriage and family therapists (LMFT) and Family and clinical psychologists.

To register online with a credit card, go to the workshop page listed below, fill out the form and click “Buy Now.” You will be directed to Paypal, a securely hosted site, to process your payment (Paypal account not required). To register by mail or fax, go to the workshop page listed below, print out the brochure and mail completed registration form to 20 N Wacker Drive: Suite 1442, Chicago, IL 60606, OR fax to 312-372-4732. Once we receive your payment, we will send an e-mail confirming your registration, the workshop location, and schedule for the day.

JohnRolland1-864x1024Helping Couples Navigate Illness and Disability

January 25th, 2019 – Full Day Workshop
(6 CECs)

John S. Roland,  MD, MPH

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Serious illness and disability can severely strain couple relationships.  In this workshop, Rolland’s Family Systems-Illness model provides a guiding framework for therapists to help couples navigate the changing landscape in the experience of illness over time.  His resilience-oriented practice approach integrates the psychosocial demands of various types and phases of illness with family and individual life cycle challenges, multigenerational legacies, and beliefs/meaning-making. Guidelines are offered to help couples view the illness experience as “our challenge,” and seize opportunities for relational healing and growth.  Participants will gain skills to help couples maintain intimacy with caregiving demands and threatened loss, overcome gender-role constraints, promote resilient “illness narratives,” re-visioning life dreams and goals when necessary, and counteract relational imbalances that can emerge over time. Discussion includes timely, cost-effective applications in different clinical settings, including use of preventive family consultations, psychosocial checkups, brief and intensive interventions, and psychoeducational couples groups.

John Rolland, MD, MPH is Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Co-Founder and Executive Co-Director, Chicago Center for Family Health. Widely recognized for his conceptual model and clinical work with couples and families facing serious health conditions, his new book is Helping Couples and Families Navigate Illness and Disability: An Integrated Approach.  Other professional books include his landmark volume, Families, Illness, & Disability: An Integrative Treatment Model; and (co-author) Individuals, Families and the New Era of Genetics.  Past president of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) and recipient of numerous awards, he is a highly regarded international speaker and consultant on family-oriented approaches to major health conditions.


Civic Opera Building, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago Loop – 6th Floor Conference Room

Workshop Schedule (6 CECs)                

8:30 – 9:00am             Registration

9:00am – 12:15pm      Morning Session

12:15 – 1:15pm           Lunch

1:15 – 4:00                   Afternoon Session

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